The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others

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djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

And perhaps to consider this assertion, from a friend: "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

djh, Sunday, 3 January 2010 19:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Not sure if this is quite inside the Boomkat context, but I'm very fond of this band.

Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Sunday, 3 January 2010 20:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

"I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

Nah, listening to new stuff lets you be part of the test of centuries.

Monophonic Spree (Paul in Santa Cruz), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

But certainly there's more interesting new stuff out there besides quasi-classical music aimed at the indie set?

Sailor Tuxedo Moon Mask (Daruton), Monday, 4 January 2010 01:47 (4 years ago) Permalink

For the most part, I agree with both of the two previous posts.

djh, Monday, 4 January 2010 11:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

I do find Richard Skelton quite moving:

http://www.mixcloud.com/FluidRadio/richard-skelton-exclusive/player/

djh, Friday, 8 January 2010 22:32 (4 years ago) Permalink

a lot of that boomkat modern classical kinda stuff is really wonderful

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Friday, 8 January 2010 22:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

who do you rate in particular?

djh, Saturday, 9 January 2010 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Richard Skelton is one of my very favourite musicians of the last few years. Everything he's done that I have is amazing; particularly notable is the attention to the physical packaging etc (though even without that, the music is amazing).

toby, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 18:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

What would you go for next, after "Landings"?

djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

i really like Olafur Arnalds. i haven't heard much of his other music, but 'the blue notebooks' by max richter--while a fairly obvious and PFM-approved pick--is really great. 'a box of birch' by a broken consort is good (another skelton project, i think?) would leyland kirby/the caretaker count?

A™ machine (sic) (omar little), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Loving the Kirby album, all three discs of it.

Interesting that Richter's album on the (um, late) Late Junction imprint got picked up by FatCat's neo-classical off-shoot.

djh, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 19:52 (4 years ago) Permalink

these were the other three Type things that arrived from boomkat the other day (in addition to zelienople mentioned elswhere). not listened to it all in depth yet but have shuffled it during last three commutes. i got the On lp (ambient drones), the Goldmund (reminds me of music for airports piano bits) and the recent Helios (like the quiet bits of mogwai)

http://typerecords.com/releases <- handy podcast section

there's also a boomkat winter sale featuring a lot of Type lps, mine came to about £4 each

> "I have regularly wondered if it's pointless listening to Peter Broderick/Olafur Arnalds when solo piano stuff is probably done best by those who have stood the test of centuries."

i kinda thought the same with the goldmund, whether there were classical piano works i should be looking up, but in addition to rather than instead of.

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

Koogs, thanks for the heads-up on the Boomkat deals. I went for the On record too. Sounds awesome: "SYLVAIN CHAUVEAU AND STEVEN HESS REWORKED BY DEATHPROD... this is the great 'lost' Deathprod album".

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:21 (4 years ago) Permalink

that On cover pic as well, is lovely (folded out is even better). a lot of the Type records have covers that remind me of red house painters 4ad sleeves.

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

Also went for the ON cd ...

djh, Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:27 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that whole visual aesthetic is something that I'm quite easily sold on. x-post

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Thursday, 14 January 2010 10:28 (4 years ago) Permalink

(On photographer has more photos here:
http://blog.shawnconvey.com/#57065/Your-Naked-Ghost )

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.

Eluvium's piano stuff definitely worth a mention here - An Accidental Memory in Case of Death, When I Live by the Garden and the Sea. Also Copia, and Miniatures under his name of Robert Cooper Clarke, more instrumentation but still of the 'classical' bent.

Would be happy to listen to older stuff if I knew of any that sounded like this, but aside from Satie, I don't. Recommendations welcome!

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:31 (4 years ago) Permalink

> Woah unexpected mental guitars on the last track of Olafur Arnald's Eulogy for Evolution.

mental guitars = industrial revolution

koogs, Thursday, 14 January 2010 12:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

so anyway, pilfering the Type podcasts. and there's pme by Simon Scott, ex-ex-ex of slowdive. and there's a link to his blog. and there's an lp by him ('Navigare') and a link to Boomkat who gave it record of the week last october

http://typerecords.com/typecasts/9
http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=232012

is in a similar vein to the On record (in the way all ambient stuff sounds the same) but with tinges of the old slowdive sound (or am i imagining that?)

(typed in classical piano to amazon's mp3 downloads site. millions of hits. oh um)

koogs, Friday, 15 January 2010 12:58 (4 years ago) Permalink

What would you go for next, after "Landings"?

Either "Marking Time" or "Box of Birch", I guess. It's all good though.

toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

On a piano bent, it's not exactly the same as this stuff, but if you don't know Chopin's Nocturnes, you should definitely check them out.

toby, Friday, 15 January 2010 13:39 (4 years ago) Permalink

this week's boomkat recommendations (link should be good for future use too):

http://boomkat.com/genres/32/recommendations

the Minamo sounds nice from the samples (but i have more cheap Type records to check out first). the Owen Pallett is miss categorised i think, sounds more like the beach boys.

i also find there's some crossover with the Dark Ambient / Drone / Metal genre

http://boomkat.com/genres/137/recommendations

(the mp3 versions have samples of all tracks, not just the three they choose for the cds)

koogs, Saturday, 16 January 2010 13:10 (4 years ago) Permalink

*Loving* On's Your Naked Ghost Comes Back At Night.

djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

If you like Johann Johannsson you should investigate ... ? (contemporary or otherwise)

djh, Monday, 18 January 2010 21:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

On's a bit bleak for my tastes. Where's the choons?

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 14:12 (4 years ago) Permalink

Palmless Prayer/Mass Murder Refrain by Mono & World's End Girlfriend is a bit Johannsonesque. Well it has violins anyway. Pretty miserablist though.

CATBEAST 7777 (ledge), Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

I have never heard of these composers. I assume they sound something like Satie informed by minimalism with subtle O'Rourke-ish electronic touches, with higher production values and lower standards of performance technique than most 'new music'? Which could be great or not, depending.

(Ha, OK, just noticed the Satie comparison.)

Sundar, Wednesday, 20 January 2010 15:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Thanks for the Skelton link!

Sundar, Thursday, 21 January 2010 17:25 (4 years ago) Permalink

Johann Johannsson & Greg Haines (?) live in London in May:
http://www.last.fm/event/1380575+Arctic+Circle+Presents+-+J%C3%B3hann+J%C3%B3hannsson+-+Greg+Haines

take me to your lemur (ledge), Friday, 22 January 2010 12:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

Hildur Gudnadottier's Without Sinking deserves a special mention.

(Any thoughts on her other releases? I haven't heard them).

djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

this thread title cracks me up and is so otm

ben bernankles (Whiney G. Weingarten), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 08:07 (4 years ago) Permalink

Do any of these artists get reviewed as "classical" music in anywhere other than the Wire? Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?

djh, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:11 (4 years ago) Permalink

the actual boomkat category is 'classical / home listening / ambient' and it's pretty much a catch all for slow quiet stuff.

koogs, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

Do they get coverage in what might be described as "traditional" classical music magazines?

judging from a cursory search, not at all.

take me to your lemur (ledge), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

Never bought it myself, but I think that the BBC Music magazine (mostly classical, some jazz too) has Late Junction-type stuff in it (Late Junction being the one mainstream radio programme that plays this sorta stuff).

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

Nils Frahm added to the Johann Johannsson show.

djh, Friday, 29 January 2010 22:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

Akira Rabelais has a new album coming out soon. Everyone should listen to Eisoptrophobia. Lovely, haunted reworkings of gorgeous piano pieces from the likes of Satie et al.

Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Friday, 29 January 2010 22:56 (4 years ago) Permalink

Frahm's The Bells sounded lovely earlier while cleaning the kitchen; Johannsson's Virdulegu forsetar sounding gorgeous now (possibly my favourite classical album ever, up there with my favourite albums of any genre); have also been enjoying Valgeir Sigurdsson's Draumalandid.

djh, Saturday, 30 January 2010 22:44 (4 years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard the Rachel Grimes album?

djh, Wednesday, 3 February 2010 10:23 (4 years ago) Permalink

BTW, djh, thanks for starting this thread...hadn't heard Chauveau or Arnalds yet and grabbed a bunch of both. The Arnalds albums I got have rapidly become some of my favourites.

Anyone else picked up the newish Johannsson soundtrack to the film Varmints? Grabbed it on vinyl and ripped it to MP3 (guess the CD isn't out yet) but there seems to be some weird distortion that comes in on the last track of side one...not sure if that's part of the sound or whether my rip was bad...was perfectly clear up until that point. Either way, enjoyed the album.

Sean Carruthers, Friday, 5 February 2010 03:43 (4 years ago) Permalink

the Varmints soundtrack turned up in today's boomkat newsletter (vinyl only until april it says) and actually goes by the snappy title "And In The Endless Pause There Came The Sound Of Bees"

samples here:
http://www.boomkat.com/item.cfm?id=245281

koogs, Friday, 5 February 2010 11:49 (4 years ago) Permalink

You can get Varmints on CD - it came out as a tour CD - I got my copy from Insound. It's being re-issued in the UK in April.

djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 16:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

Free compilation that partly matches this thread's aesthetic here: http://jointhecircle.net/

djh, Friday, 5 February 2010 20:19 (4 years ago) Permalink

nils frahm's wintermusik sounding fucking gorgeous right now (washing the dishes, glass of red on the go).

djh, Saturday, 13 February 2010 18:54 (4 years ago) Permalink

Want to echo the Richard Skelton love upthread - Landings is great. Maybe I just don't listen to enough of this sort of thing, but the strings on it sound fantastic, there's a really earthy resonance to them.

We should have called Suzie and Bobby (NickB), Saturday, 13 February 2010 20:46 (4 years ago) Permalink

In the mood to buy a record in this genre ... Any suggestions?

djh, Saturday, 20 February 2010 16:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

One artist you may want to check out is Harold Budd - a lot of good albums dating back to the 70s, even. It varies a bit, from very piano-heavy to highly processed, so you'll want to preview them first I guess. I have a soft spot for Lovely Thunder and his collab with the Cocteau Twins, Moon and the Melodies but people often point to The White Arcades as a good starting point. (He also has some newer releases too which I'm somewhat less familiar with.)

Sean Carruthers, Monday, 22 February 2010 17:24 (4 years ago) Permalink

packaging is fairly nice iirc. dvd is properly tagged mp3 files, just drag and drop to your computer.

toby, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 11:48 (2 years ago) Permalink

v tempting. i don't think i can bring myself to commission one of those one off cd box sets ...

djh, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

Pleased with SKURA although I'd probably have preferred finished CDs.

The new album is very good, too.

djh, Monday, 16 July 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Working my way through SKURA.

Any thoughts on it?

djh, Wednesday, 18 July 2012 19:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

A cracker - and the literal embodiment of this thread - http://boomkat.com/cds/556557-morton-feldman-crippled-symmetry-at-june-in-buffalo

Terabytes of FLACS of screaming (Call the Cops), Sunday, 29 July 2012 19:47 (2 years ago) Permalink

SKURA was fifty quid well spent. Some beautiful stuff on there - though I have to confess I had to copy it all onto CD.

djh, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 19:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Some new Richard Skelton oddities:

http://www.corbelstonepress.com/support.htm

djh, Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:14 (1 year ago) Permalink

New Nils Frahm:

http://soundcloud.com/erasedtapes/sets/nils-frahm-screws

djh, Sunday, 23 September 2012 18:10 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Michael Tanner on his new album:

The Cloisters, Michael reveals, was conceived during a time of deep personal dissatisfaction with the drone/ambient/classical minimalist ‘scene’ – one seemingly populated by “the same 30 blokes, making the same music in Ableton [loop-based music software], more often than not sporting the same beard. It was made under an awareness that I was lumped in with them, and internalising if/how I was really so different. It became an attempt to see if I could retain the style of music I’ve been making for 12 years now, but still try and get out of the box, so to speak.”

Never really thought about the process behind making this music and/or Ableton. Can we name the 30 blokes?

djh, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 18:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

There's another Skelton album, too, by the way.

djh, Tuesday, 6 November 2012 18:39 (1 year ago) Permalink

More importantly can we name the beard?

itt: 'splaining men (ledge), Tuesday, 6 November 2012 19:06 (1 year ago) Permalink

Haven't managed to work out who any of these bearded people might be.

djh, Sunday, 11 November 2012 11:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

This sounds nice ...

http://www.gogoyoko.com/album/Stafnbui

djh, Monday, 24 December 2012 22:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Some new-old Richard Skelton:

http://www.corbelstonepress.com/archival-riftmusic2.htm

djh, Wednesday, 29 May 2013 19:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

Weird. Would have had Skelton down as popular on here.

djh, Sunday, 2 June 2013 20:11 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think he is? But I don't ever hear his stuff when it comes out - by a long-standing arrangement, my wife buys it and keeps it until my birthday/Christmas. So probably I'll have something to say about it in January!

toby, Monday, 3 June 2013 05:49 (1 year ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I really like the new Olafur Arnalds album, but it is very straightforward in a way that a lot of the stuff in this thread (at least, the stuff I am familiar with) doesn't seem to be.

boxedjoy, Sunday, 27 October 2013 23:58 (10 months ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Any thoughts on the new Nils Frahm?

http://www.clashmusic.com/videos/nils-frahm-toilet-brushes

djh, Monday, 18 November 2013 18:19 (9 months ago) Permalink

Must admit I prefer him when he is just tapping away at the keys than we he is doing anything more than this.

djh, Monday, 18 November 2013 20:40 (9 months ago) Permalink

"when" not "we"

djh, Monday, 18 November 2013 20:54 (9 months ago) Permalink

ha, i was blown away listening to 'says' the other day and checked out some other pieces...i love the more percussive, effected-out, synth-heavy pieces a lot, but the piano-only ones i heard don't hit me as hard.

festival culture (Jordan), Monday, 18 November 2013 21:09 (9 months ago) Permalink

Says is awesome, really into the rest of the album too. Great bedtime listening.

comic sbans soref (wins), Monday, 18 November 2013 23:01 (9 months ago) Permalink

I swear, I have never heard of Nils Frahm, and suddenly he is EVERYWHERE this week. Will have to investigate further.
I am enjoying Toilet Brushes!

Lo Ambient Limit Switch (doo dah), Thursday, 21 November 2013 17:32 (9 months ago) Permalink

4 weeks pass...

How was the Olafur Arnalds album?

djh, Thursday, 19 December 2013 07:53 (8 months ago) Permalink

* I think he is? But I don't ever hear his stuff when it comes out - by a long-standing arrangement, my wife buys it and keeps it until my birthday/Christmas. So probably I'll have something to say about it in January!

― toby, Monday, June 3, 2013 5:49 AM (6 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink*

How was Xmas, toby?

djh, Sunday, 29 December 2013 16:53 (8 months ago) Permalink

I think it's been saved for my birthday (next week)...

toby, Sunday, 29 December 2013 19:04 (8 months ago) Permalink

Happy Birthday toby ...

djh, Wednesday, 1 January 2014 22:28 (7 months ago) Permalink

^ I hope she didn't renege on the arrangement ...

djh, Saturday, 11 January 2014 22:57 (7 months ago) Permalink

New Jacaszek album ... can't figure out how to order a copy from Poland, mind.

http://www.nck.pl/artykuly/101279-piesni.html

djh, Thursday, 16 January 2014 21:04 (7 months ago) Permalink

http://pitchfork.com/advance/321-mccanick/

djh, Thursday, 23 January 2014 23:27 (7 months ago) Permalink

^ New Johann Johannsson

djh, Thursday, 23 January 2014 23:27 (7 months ago) Permalink

Right then ... I've got a £20 voucher to spend at Boomkat. Half might go on a Jacaszek re-issue. The rest?

djh, Saturday, 25 January 2014 17:19 (7 months ago) Permalink

Do you already have the latest Olafur Arnalds disc? That one particularly resonated with me. His seasoning of the album with the occasional song works really well.

doug watson, Saturday, 25 January 2014 23:47 (7 months ago) Permalink

^ This is very nice, by the way.

djh, Monday, 3 February 2014 20:35 (6 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Loving this and the album it comes from:

djh, Tuesday, 11 March 2014 21:45 (5 months ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

This album has been knocking me out today - Hildur Gudnadottir: Saman, released a couple of weeks ago.

http://youtu.be/joDTBhYmITE

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Sunday, 20 July 2014 05:57 (1 month ago) Permalink

Need more of this type of thing...

Ned Trifle X, Thursday, 31 July 2014 22:03 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

3 weeks pass...

Anything good/recent?

djh, Friday, 22 August 2014 17:05 (1 week ago) Permalink

No?

djh, Sunday, 24 August 2014 16:38 (5 days ago) Permalink

There's a new ep just released by Lucy Claire. It's only two tracks and three remixes but it's kinda great overall. Wish she'd make a full album soon.

lucyclaire.bandcamp.com/album/collaborations-no-1

doug watson, Sunday, 24 August 2014 19:30 (5 days ago) Permalink

Did anyone get into Lubomyr Melnyk's Corollaries?

djh, Tuesday, 26 August 2014 19:37 (3 days ago) Permalink

Well I have now...thanks.

Ned Trifle X, Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:34 (2 days ago) Permalink

and this too:

I'd only heard James Blackshaw before via the Brethren of the Free Spirit albums which I liked also.

Ned Trifle X, Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:44 (2 days ago) Permalink

From last year, but I've really been enjoying Christina Vantzou's No. 2 lately. Goes well with the recent weather - chill breezes blowing through the over-ripe vegetation of late summer, the cold hand of death poised to pull a grey veil across a weakening sun, that sort of cheery thing

john wahey (NickB), Wednesday, 27 August 2014 15:54 (2 days ago) Permalink

I've been listening to the Vantzou too. That and her first album, also great.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Wednesday, 27 August 2014 19:57 (2 days ago) Permalink

Wasn't tempted by "Corollaries" when it first came out - played clips on Youtube and dismissed it as "novelty" - but heard again recently and it suddenly sounded impressive. Prompted me to pluck a Charlemagne Palestine album from the shelves but it sounded far too hardcore after a day at work.

Not feeling Vantzou but will give another go.

djh, Thursday, 28 August 2014 17:36 (Yesterday) Permalink

Augh, apparently I need to check this thread more regularly, just finding out about the Hildur Guðnadóttir album now! (Such is the nature of buying most of my stuff on vinyl and my local no longer carrying CDs...I'm starting to miss some of this stuff when it lands.)

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:25 (Yesterday) Permalink

(ps yes I know that it's on vinyl but my local shops don't carry that style o'music on vinyl, generally)

Sean Carruthers, Thursday, 28 August 2014 18:45 (Yesterday) Permalink

Just found out Gudnottir is playing in LA later this fall, opening for A Winged Victory for the Sullen.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 29 August 2014 00:25 (17 hours ago) Permalink


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